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  • With a Boost from ESPN and NY Daily News, Vulgar LeBron James Rips on Trump Again

    02/16/2018 7:15:57 AM PST · by rktman · 38 replies ^ | 2/15/2018 | Jay Maxson
    Prodded on by the approving ESPN SportsCenter host Cari Champion, LeBron James delivered his latest installment of attacks on President Trump today. The professional basketball star who tweeted the unprofessional message "u bum" to the president last year, uses his Uninterrupted internet forum to blast Trump as someone who "really don't give a f--- about the people." Zachary Ripple, online sports editor for The New York Daily News, gave James more mileage by posting the video on his site along with a short story. This episode of Uninterrupted, titled "Rolling with the Champion: LeBron James and Kevin Durant," features Champion...
  • Blake Griffin's jilted ex tears into NBA star in lawsuit, claiming he 'abandoned' [tr]

    02/14/2018 1:17:16 PM PST · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 14, 2018 | Ryan Perry and Cheyenne Roundtree
    Blake Griffin's ex girlfriend has torn into the NBA star in a lawsuit filed on Valentine's Day, claiming that he abandoned his family for a romance with Kendall Jenner. Brynn Cameron is taking the 28-year-old Los Angeles Clippers player to court, claiming he is refusing to provide financial support for her and their children. Cameron and Blake met nine years ago, had two children together and were engaged, but the athlete called off the wedding last year and set his sights on 22-year-old catwalk model Jenner.
  • Spurs coach Gregg Popovich: Don’t kid yourself, ‘we live in a racist country’

    02/13/2018 2:17:46 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 90 replies
    Market Watch ^ | February 13, 2018 | Shawn Langlois
    A reporter last night asked San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich why it’s important for the NBA to celebrate Black History Month. Popovich isn’t one to pull any punches: ‘I think it’s pretty obvious. The league is made up of a lot of black guys. To honor that and understand it is pretty simplistic. How would you ignore that? But more importantly, we live in a racist country that hasn’t figured it out yet.’
  • LaVar Ball threatens Lakers with delusional ultimatum

    02/12/2018 8:48:53 PM PST · by conservative98 · 43 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 12, 2018 | Zach Braziller
    LaVar Ball has another message for the Lakers: If you want to keep Lonzo, you’ll need to take his brothers, too. The outspoken, media-seeking father of the rookie point guard is adamant about seeing Lonzo’s lesser-talented younger brothers, LiAngelo and LaMelo, join him in the NBA, and seems willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen. “I want all three boys to play for the Lakers,” LaVar told Lithuanian journalist Donatas Urbonas. “But if that does not happen, I’m telling you the story [of] what’s gonna happen first. If they don’t take Gelo this year, I bring back...
  • NBA Seeking 1 Percent of Every Bet Made on Games If Gambling Legalized

    01/25/2018 10:53:00 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    Bleacher Report ^ | 1/24/18 | Joseph Zucker
    ....NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been open about his willingness to embrace the practice. He wrote an op-ed for the New York Times in 2014 in which he advocated for the legalization of sports betting. "In light of these domestic and global trends, the laws on sports betting should be changed," Silver said, citing sports betting’s popularity both among fans in the United States and throughout the world. "Congress should adopt a federal framework that allows states to authorize betting on professional sports....
  • Big Baller Brand sued by apparel company over payments for hats, T-shirts

    01/10/2018 5:59:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 8, 2018 | Nathan Fenno
    The Big Baller Brand website is jammed with $50 T-shirts and $60 hats, the cornerstone of a business that outspoken founder LaVar Ball says is competing with big-name athletic apparel brands. But the Chino company responsible for screen-printing and embroidering the hats, T-shirts and other high-priced apparel sold by Big Baller Brand claims it hasn’t been paid.
  • Ball brothers land in Lithuania on 'journey to NBA'

    01/06/2018 1:37:32 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 28 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | Jan 04 2018 | Vaidotas Beniusis
    <p>VILNIUS, Lithuania -- Flamboyant basketball dad LaVar Ball landed with two of his sons in Lithuania on Wednesday to begin their international pro careers, calling it part of their "journey" to the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers.</p> <p>A Twitter feud with US President Donald Trump shot LaVar Ball into the international spotlight in November.</p>
  • NBA enjoying ratings surge while NFL flounders

    12/27/2017 5:53:02 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 40 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 21, 2017 | 9:58pm | Updated | Richard Morgan
    While the NFL gets socked with ratings declines, the NBA is off to its second-most-watched season ever. ESPN, which has telecast 30 games since the season’s Oct. 17 opener, said Thursday that average viewership has soared 18 percent, to 1.8 million a game, from this point last year. TNT, with 16 NBA telecasts to date, said its average is up 25 percent, to 2.1 million viewers. Even NBA TV, with 41 telecasts, is up 25 percent, to 365,000. The averages, taken collectively, make for the hottest start since the 2010-11 season — the year LeBron James abandoned the Cleveland Cavaliers...
  • Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball bought his parents a $350,000 car for Christmas

    12/27/2017 6:17:05 AM PST · by AnotherUnixGeek · 59 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | Dec 26, 2017 | Ben Rohrbach
    Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball bought his parents a Rolls-Royce for Christmas, which I’m pretty sure fulfills a Christmas wish LaVar Ball made when he and wife Tina had their first son 20 years ago.
  • Spurs' Gregg Popovich: 'Pretty simple' why I prioritize charity work

    12/26/2017 9:06:25 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 6 replies
    ESPN ^ | December 26, 2017 | Michael C. Wright
    SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich offered a simple reason Tuesday before the team's tipoff against the Brooklyn Nets when asked why charitable endeavors are important to him. "Because we're rich as hell, and we don't need it all, and other people need it," Popovich said. "Then, you're an ass if you don't give it. Pretty simple." Having spent considerable time and money working with several charities and nonprofits such as the San Antonio Food Bank and Shoes That Fit, with which he partnered in October to deliver shoes to more than 200 students at Gates Elementary,...
  • LeBron James Sends Message With Black And White Shoes, Speaks About Trump

    12/18/2017 6:36:35 AM PST · by blam · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-18-2017
    LeBron James made a statement during an NBA game with his shoes — one black, one white, with the word "equality" in capital gold letters on the back of each. Then, after the game, James made a statement about President Donald Trump, saying: "This is a beautiful country and we're never going to let one person dictate how beautiful and how powerful we are." Earlier this year, James called Trump “a bum” on Twitter and also said at Cleveland’s preseason media day: “He doesn’t understand how many kids, no matter the race, look up to the president of the United...
  • Dennis Rodman says Trump and Kim Jong Un are 'pretty much the same': 'They love control'

    12/12/2017 2:32:47 PM PST · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 12, 2017 | Katie Leach
    Former NBA star Dennis Rodman said that President Trump is "pretty much the same" as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Rodman, who has met with Kim on multiple occasions and appeared on Trump"s "Celebrity Apprentice" show, Rodman told Agence France-Presse while in China that the two leaders exhibit similarities in how "they love control." The former athlete also said that the two are engaging in harmless "entertainment" when threatening nuclear warfare and "ain't nobody got no finger on the button."
  • LaVar Ball sends his sons to play in LITHUANIA after pulling them both out of school [tr]

    12/12/2017 6:41:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 61 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 12, 2017 | Staff
    The two youngest sons of LaVar Ball will play with a professional basketball team in Lithuania for one year. LiAngelo Ball, 19, and LaMelo Ball, 16, have signed a one-year contract with Prienai Vytautas in the Lithuanian Basketball League, The Vertical reports. The brothers will begin their international careers in January.
  • Malkin: The Comeuppance of Creepy Obama Crony Kevin Johnson

    10/15/2015 1:38:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 16, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    The fit finally hit the shan for Sacramento mayor and former NBA star Kevin Johnson. His latest troubles are a stark reminder of the despicable White House role in railroading a vigilant government watchdog who red-flagged Johnson's corruption years ago. Sports fans buzzed last week after ESPN shelved a documentary celebrating Johnson's efforts to keep the Sacramento Kings basketball team in his city. The public relations disaster came at the hands of the weekly Sacramento News & Review, which has published damning reports all year long on Johnson's use of public resources for personal gain — along with sports website...
  • Why The NBA Will Eventually Overtake The NFL In Popularity And Why It Matters (2year old article)

    11/24/2017 1:04:42 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 52 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 12, 2015 | Roger Groves
    The NBA is outdueling the NFL in global popularity. There are now about 100 international players in the NBA. The NFL is too distant to be counted in a two League race. The NBA’s critical mass is an economic mass as well. The NBA quite adeptly realized that changing the playing times can increase the international viewership. It increased the number of Sunday early-afternoon games. A 12:30 pm game allows a growing European fan base to watch the games in early evening (7:30 pm). They then have time to finish the game, have a glass of warm milk or alcoholic...
  • The predictable LaVar Ball-Lakers war is coming

    11/22/2017 11:22:55 AM PST · by conservative98 · 26 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 22, 2017 | 10:06am | Hannah Withiam
    A father who didn’t think a couple high school basketball coaches were qualified to coach his sons isn’t stopping with the professionals. It took less than five weeks into Lonzo Ball’s rookie season for LaVar Ball to blame the Lakers’ coaching staff for not translating his son’s talent into production. Naturally, the basketball dad pumped himself up as the man for the job. “They’re soft. They don’t know how to coach my son,” LaVar Ball said of the Lakers staff in a recent interview with Bleacher Report. “I know how to coach him. I tell him to go get the...
  • Which college teams visited the White House, and who stayed home?

    11/19/2017 1:37:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 19, 2017 | Michael Moates
    President Trump hosted the National Collegiate Athletic Association champion sports teams at the White House on Friday - or most of them, that is. The event began with the student athletes meeting President Trump in the Rose Garden for photos. "A lot of great athletes," Trump told the press pool. The Marine Corps Marching Band played nearby from the South Lawn, as President Trump joked with athletes, meeting them in groups. When talking with the Ohio State men's volleyball team, the president was seen jokingly smacking a volleyball in the air. While interacting with the West Virginia rifle team in...
  • UCLA players thank Trump, get suspended indefinitely

    11/15/2017 12:27:52 PM PST · by conservative98 · 112 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 15, 2017 | 3:12pm | Bob Fredericks
    President Trump got his wish Wednesday afternoon when the three UCLA basketball players busted in China for shoplifting thanked him for his help in getting them home. The three, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley and LiAngelo Ball — younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball — also apologized to their families and their school, while thanking the Chinese cops for treating them well. “I would like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help they provided. I am grateful to be back home and I will never make a mistake like this again. I...
  • Stan Van Gundy: Athletes Protesting Inequality Are "Role Models Of American Patriotism"

    11/15/2017 12:17:59 PM PST · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Deadspin ^ | November 14, 2017 | Emma Baccellieri
    Stan Van Gundy praised the work of Colin Kaepernick and other athletes who have protested racial injustice in an op-ed for Time magazine today, complete with a list of specific policy proposals on the subject.
  • Trump: Waiting for a 'Thank you' from 3 UCLA basketball players back in US

    11/15/2017 9:39:57 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 65 replies ^ | Brooke Singman
    President Trump is hearing crickets from a trio of UCLA basketball players, despite his successful full-court press to get China to drop shoplifting charges against them. The three players, LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, were arrested after being accused of stealing designer sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team’s hotel in Hangzhou. Trump, while on a tour of Asia, urged his Chinese counterpart to let them go, and may have been looking for some credit Wednesday. *snip* “Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for...